Spanish international midfielder Cesc Fabregas has completed a £27million move from Spanish giants Barcelona to Chelsea.
The midfielder had been linked with a number of Premier League clubs this summer, including Manchester City, Manchester United and former club Arsenal.
Arsenal had first option on Fabregas should he want to move on, but the Gunners decided not to attempt to bring their former captain back to north London this summer.
It seems that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has other priorities in the transfer market, such as a new striker, defensive midfielder and a right-back.
A snippet from Fabregas’ interview on Chelsea’s official website read: “I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time for my return.
“Yes, everyone knows that Arsenal had the first option to sign me. They decided not to take up this option and therefore it wasn’t meant to be. I wish them well in the future.
“I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies”
Fabregas was regarded as surplus to requirements at Barcelona, after the Catalan giants completed the signing of Croatian international playmaker Ivan Rakitic from La Liga rivals Sevilla.
The 27-year-old never seemed to be assured of his place in a strong area of the pitch for Barcelona. He made 28 starts last season in the top-flight and made eight substitute appearances, but for some reason there were always doubts about whether he could become a Barcelona mainstay.
Fabregas was touted as a replacement for experienced Barcelona central midfielder Xavi. However, in his time at Barcelona he has become a far more attacking player than his experienced international teammate.
There is no question about Fabregas’ talent and he may be a very shrewd signing by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese boss has lost the services of veteran midfielder Frank Lampard this summer.
The England international was not always a starter for the Blues last season, but still made 20 top-flight starts for the Blues. The 35-year-old will leave the club this summer when his contract expires.
Fabregas will be a more than able replacement in the Blues midfield. The Spanish midfielder will provide drive, energy and goals from his central position. He is also a midfielder that can do both the defensive and attacking facets of the game, despite the fact he has become more of an attacking player in recent seasons.
Fabregas will no doubt be a very useful addition to the Chelsea squad for next season. The Blues were strong last season, but the signing of Fabregas and the expected arrival of Diego Costa will make Chelsea’s team a lot stronger next season.
Both Costa and Fabregas are quality signings, who would probably improve most of the teams in the Premier League. It looks like the Blues transfer policy this summer is quality rather than quantity.
With Brazilian defender David Luiz set to leave for PSG for a potential fee of £50million, the Blues could stay well within the financial fair play rules, with money still available to strengthen the squad further.
This move seems like a clever one from Chelsea. Not only have they bought a very good player, but they have bought him ahead of some of their direct title rivals for next season. This signing could well help win Chelsea the Premier League title next season.
Cesc Fabregas has matured a lot in his three years at Barcelona and become a far better player than the one that left the Emirates. Fabregas seems like a more complete player after his three years players with the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
Something tells me that despite Arsenal’s vast array of midfield talent that the Gunners may well live to regret the fact that they have not re-signed Cesc Fabregas this summer. Obviously Arsene Wenger did not feel he needed Fabregas and wanted to spend money on strengthening other areas of his team.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has identified his team’s weaknesses and in true Mourinho style has strengthened them. If Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas settle quickly, then the Blues could be very difficult to stop next season.
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